On completion of the Ashdod plant, desalination plants will supply around 75% of the domestic water consumption
Minister of Finance, Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of National Infrastructures, Dr. Uzi Landau and Mekorot Chairman, Mr. Alex Vijneitzer signed today a franchise agreement for the Ashdod desalination project with Mekorot subsidiary Mekorot Development & Enterprise, which will plan, build and operate the plant. The Ashdod plant is expected to produce 100 million cubic meters per year. Mekorot Development & Enterprise was chosen, subject to the granting of an exemption from tender, pursuant to a government decision from November 2008. The purchase price for the water has been set at NIS 2.40 per cubic meter.